The Ville de MontrÃ©al is pleased to announce a nationwide ideas competition for the redesigning of the area around the Champ-de-Mars mÃ©tro station. The purpose of the competition is to solicit explorations and illustrations of a variety of development concepts made possible by the planned covering of the Ville-Marie expressway and the potential reconfiguration of its exit ramps.
Champ-de-Mars station, with its magnificent glassworks by renowned artist Marcelle Ferron, is one of the few landmarks remaining from the time before the construction of the Ville-Marie expressway. The immediate perimeter of the station forms a link between downtown MontrÃ©al and Old MontrÃ©al, and is one of the main pedestrian access routes to the historic district.
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The competition invites entrants to submit development proposals that integrate smoothly with the existing public spaces and take into account the current and future built environment, including the impending Centre hospitalier de lâ€™UniversitÃ© de MontrÃ©al. Proposals must promote citizen appropriation of the urban environment and provide a development framework that facilitates movement through the city.
This design competition is the third to be implemented in the wake of the commitments announced by the Mayor of MontrÃ©al at the Pecha Kucha Night for Elected Officials on September 30, 2008. It aims to provide tangible impetus for creativity in made-in-MontrÃ©al design and architecture and widen access to public design commissions to the largest possible number of practitioners.
About the Competition
The concept competition is being held on an anonymous-entry basis and is open to all design professionals, students or consortiums whose main place of business is located in Canada. It is a single-stage competition, with two submission categories, one for professionals and the other for students. The language of the competition is French. However, the conceptual approach may include a text in English.
Proposals received will be studied and evaluated by a jury on the basis of the following criteria:
- enhancement of the architecture and glassworks of Champ-de-Mars mÃ©tro station
- reinforcement of the pedestrian links and access routes leading from the station to all of the surrounding areas
- innovative and esthetic qualities of the project
- atmosphere created by the planned action
The jury members are:
- Melvin Charney, architect
- Odile Decq, architect and Director of the Ã‰cole SpÃ©ciale dâ€™Architecture, Paris
- Jacques Des Rochers, Curator of Canadian Art, MontrÃ©al Museum of Fine Arts
- Michel Dionne, architect, Cooper, Robertson & Partners, New York
- RaphaÃ«l Fischler, urban planner and professor at the School of Urban Planning, McGill University
- Mario Masson, landscape architect and Division Manager, Service du dÃ©veloppement culturel, de la qualitÃ© du milieu de vie et de la diversitÃ© ethnoculturelle, Ville de MontrÃ©al
- Alessandra Ponte, associate professor, School of Architecture, UniversitÃ© de MontrÃ©al
- Philippe Poullaouec-Gonidec, landscape architect and holder of the UNESCO Chair in Landscape and Environmental Design at UniversitÃ© de MontrÃ©al
Instructions for Prospective Entrants
Proposals must be sent no later than February 10, 2010, at 5 p.m. (local time) to:
Redesigning of the area around Champ-de-Mars metro station
A/S bureau Design MontrÃ©al
303, rue Notre-Dame Est, 6e Ã©tage
MontrÃ©al (QuÃ©bec) H2Y 3Y8
Entrants who have questions about the competition must submit them by e-mail to the Design MontrÃ©al office at firstname.lastname@example.org, no later than January 15, 2010.
The design competition is being jointly run by the Design MontrÃ©al office and the Urban Planning division of the Ville de MontrÃ©alâ€™s Service de la mise en valeur du territoire et du patrimoine.
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